Senior Supreme Court advocate and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka has advised former chief minister and Amritsar MP, Capt Amarinder Singh, to think about the plight of the ‘84 riot victims before giving a clean chit to his party colleagues, Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath, on their role in instigating the people against the Sikhs in New Delhi.
“For the presidentship of the Punjab Congress, you have given a clean chit to Tytler and Kamal Nath. You should have thought at least once about the plight of the victims who have been fighting for justice for 31 years, which has been repeatedly denied to them by your party,” he said while addressing the media here on Sunday.
Reacting to the Congress MP’s recent statements giving a ‘clean chit’ to his two party colleagues in the ‘84 riots cases, Phoolka said the former chief minister should re-think his stand as it can cause a lot of damage to the riot victims who have not been given justice till date.
“Amarinder is a prominent Sikh leader, a statement from him gives an impression to people that victims are making wrong allegations against Tytler and Kamal Nath with some ulterior motives.The victims who are fighting the cases against these leaders are doing so by risking their lives,” he added.
“Lakhwinder Kaur, whose petition challenging the clean chit to Tytler is being argued in the court these days, is working as a peon in a school. Amarinder Singh should have thought of the plight of these victims before maligning them that they are naming Tytler for political reasons,” Phoolka said.
Phoolka, who has been fighting the cases of the riot victims in the courts of Delhi for the last two to three decades, patted Amarinder for resigning from the Lok Sabha in protest against ‘Operation Bluestar’ in 1984.
“You did the Sikhs a favour by resigning from Parliament. But the Sikhs have returned this favour by electing you to Parliament and to the state assembly over the years and even made you the chief minister of Punjab,” he added while appealing to the Amritsar MP to reconsider his stand as the names of both Tytler and Kamal Nath have surfaced in the reports of a number of commissions that inquired into the ‘84 riots.